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Susan E. Francis

Susan E. Francis, 70, residing in Sandusky, passed away late Monday evening, January 15, 2018 at Firelands Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Susan was born on July 24, 1947 in Bellevue, OH to Lester A. and Theodate E. (Whitcomb) Francis.

Susan graduated from Bellevue Senior High School, She received her registered nursing diploma from the former Providence Hospital School of Nursing and received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Bowling Green State University. She also completed post graduate studies in nursing at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. Her nursing career began as an office nurse at the Firelands Medical Clinic in Bellevue. She returned to the former Providence Hospital working in medical-surgical, operating room and post anesthesia areas. In 1978, she helped to develop Sandusky's first dialysis unit at Providence and then guided the construction of the current Dialysis Center on Pierce Street. Susan retired from EHOVE Career Center as an instructor in the adult LPN nursing program. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she served on the Board of Trustees as secretary for 2 years and on the Healing Team and Helping Hearts Ministry. Susan was also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Providence Hospital/Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Alumni Association, where she served several terms as Treasurer, President and on the Board of Trustees. She was a former member of the Ohio Nurses Association, the Operating Room Nurses Association and the American Nephrology Nurses Association. She was also a former tutor for the Sandusky Library's Reading Literacy Program. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, music, baking for her friends and relatives and had a special interest in the American Bald Eagles.

Susan is survived by her mother, Theodate.

In addition to her father, Susan is preceded in death by her brother, Lonnie Francis.

Friends may call on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00am until the time of funeral services at 11:00am at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Pastor Kathy Schuck and Pastor Eric Bodenstab will co-officiate. Burial will take place in Bellevue Cemetery, Bellevue. Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Those wishing to contribute to Susan's memory may do so to Back to the Wild, PO Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824, the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to The Firelands Regional Medical Center c/o the Dialysis Unit, 1111 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.

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